Weight Loss

Reaching and maintaining a weight that’s healthy for you is an important part of tackling gout. Losing the right amount of weight can help lower levels of uric acid in your blood, and will also reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are more frequent in people with gout.

Don’t guess how much weight you may need to lose. Talk to your doctor about your target weight and how to achieve it, including how many calories a day and amount and type of physical activity, makes sense for you.

Tackle Gout Pro Tip: Don’t be tempted to try a crash diet. Rapid weight loss can actually trigger a gout attack. A slow, steady approach is the better strategy.

Safe, Sane Weight Loss

There are different approaches to reaching a healthy weight. You may prefer to go it alone, armed with a scale, a notebook and some reference books. Or you might enjoy the camaraderie of a group program for the company and moral support. Of course weight loss isn’t easy, so if you want extra guidance, consider asking your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian through a hospital or clinic (such as a diabetes clinic) or in a private practice. A dietitian can help you develop a customized eating plan and adjust it as needed.

Remember to take it slowly. Losing weight too fast is a recipe for regaining it later (the dreaded yo-yo cycle). Rapid weight loss may also trigger a gout attack.

Tackle Gout Pro Tip: Make small, incremental changes to your eating habits that you can sustain long term.